FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions:
How to make sleeve ends anti-fray
Most high temperature and heat resistant plain sleeves (those without binders) will fray when cut and then fray more as they are handled. One way to make them not fray is to add a binder - but for some applications the use of a binder is not appropriate (usually due to the lowered temperature limit of the sleeve or the smoke-off effects when heated.
To make sleeves anti-fray as much as possible, there are some other options:
1) Tape the sleeve at a desired cut location with masking tape, duct tape, aluminum foil tape, silicone self fusing tape or another tape
of your choice - then cut the sleeve half way in the width of the tape. The sleeve then has a ring of tape at the end as an anti-fray.
3) Slide heat shrink tubing over the sleeve. Heat the heat shrink - after it has shrunk cut the sleeve halfway in the width
of the heat-shrink tubing.
4) Use two free-end band clamps close together and cut the sleeve between the clamp locations.
5) Add a dab of some epoxy glue, instant glue, silicone rubber rtv or other suitable adhesive/sealant to the sleeve and work it into
the strands. When the glue is dried, cut the sleeve with side-cutters in the middle of the glue application area.
6) Spray the sleeve with hair-spray at the area where you want to cut it. When the hair-spray sets, cut the sleeve in the middle
of the sprayed area.
7) Cut a short piece of sleeve from the sleeve, and un-bundle the yarns. Use one of the yarns as a tie cord around the sleeve.
Cut the sleeve on the "other" side of the tie-cord location.
8) Use a metallic hog-ring clamped around the sleeve, and cut the sleeve on the "other" side of the ring.
These are the best tricks we have learned over the years
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